It was a very proud moment and an honour to attend a function at St John’s Theological College recently. The occasion was the College’s annual Powhiri which among other highlights included the graduation of our son with his Diploma in Christian Studies. This is the beginning of a long period of study he intends to continue. I hope the next few years will go as well for him as last year did.
It was a hot and muggy day on Sunday, but under the giant marquee it was surprisingly pleasant. There were a large number of families and well wishers there. At last year’s ceremony, as family of an incoming student, we were part of the “visitor” contingent or manuhiri. This year we joined the tangata whenua or hosts. Although it was only our son who had participated in college events, I had a warm feeling of belonging, too.
When welcoming guests onto a marae the numerous speeches are followed by waiatas. I love the singing. The Auckland Anglican Maori group attended and filled the marquee with their beautiful voices.
Following the afternoon’s welcoming ceremonies, sermon and the installation of a new college Principal came the proud moment I’d been waiting for. Although my son received only a Diploma capes had been provided and he looked justifiably proud of himself. What parent could be anything but proud as a peacock?